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Vaginal Mesh Bleeding Lawsuit [2024 Update]

Overview of the Vaginal Mesh Bleeding Lawsuit

On this page we will discuss the Vaginal Mesh Bleeding Lawsuit, common applications of transvaginal mesh, medical implications for vaginal mesh bleeding, roles of vaginal mesh lawyers, and more.

Lawsuits for Vaginal Mesh Bleeding and Other Vaginal Mesh Complications

Using vaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence has helped many women find relief from their conditions.

Many women have also experienced serious complications and side effects from the use of transvaginal mesh, including vaginal mesh bleeding.

Vaginal Mesh Bleeding Lawsuit

Vaginal mesh bleeding is a severe issue that can cause pain, discomfort, and potentially life-threatening complications.

This problem has led to many legal claims against the manufacturers of these medical devices.

If you or a loved one have experienced vaginal mesh bleeding after receiving transvaginal mesh surgery, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and losses.

TorHoerman Law is here to help you understand your legal options and fight for the justice you deserve. 

Contact us for a free consultation.

You can also use the chatbot on this page to find out if you qualify for the transvaginal mesh lawsuit instantly.

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Transvaginal Mesh and Its Common Applications

Transvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal or pelvic mesh, has been widely utilized in medical procedures to treat pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), primarily pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

These disorders significantly impact the quality of life for many women, causing discomfort and pain during daily activities.

Doctors primarily used surgical mesh devices in abdominal surgeries.

Doctors adopted transvaginal mesh implants and mesh sling devices in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders as they are less invasive than traditional female pelvic reconstructive surgery, involving small incisions and requiring a shorter recovery time.

Manufacturers usually use synthetic materials, such as synthetic polypropylene, to manufacture vaginal mesh implants.

Others use animal tissue to make biological mesh devices.

Most medical providers prefer using synthetic mesh in transvaginal mesh surgery because of its strength and longevity.

Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFDs)

PFDs are a group of conditions that affect the pelvic floor muscles, connective tissues, and ligaments that support the bladder, uterus, urethra, vagina, rectum, and other pelvic organs.

Because of weakened or damaged tissue, the pelvic organs shift, descend, or drop from their normal position.

The most common PFDs include:

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP): A condition where the pelvic organs drop or protrude into the vaginal wall
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI): Leakage of urine due to pressure on the bladder from physical activities
  • Fecal Incontinence (FI) or Bowel Incontinence: Inability to control bowel movements
  • Overactive Bladder (OAB): A condition where the bladder muscles squeeze involuntarily, causing an urgent and frequent need to urinate
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain: Debilitating pain in the pelvic region

These disorders are prevalent among women due to a variety of reasons and risk factors, including:

  • Age: The pelvic floor muscles weaken as people age.
  • Pregnancy: The pelvic floor muscles and tissues stretch during pregnancy, making women more vulnerable to PFDs.
  • Childbirth: Vaginal delivery increases the risk of pelvic organ prolapse, while instrumental delivery (forceps or vacuum) can cause pelvic floor damage and lead to fecal incontinence.
  • Menopause: The reduced secretion of estrogen during menopause can cause atrophy of the pelvic muscles and ligaments, leading to stress urinary incontinence.
  • Obesity: The extra weight can cause pressure on abdominal and pelvic organs, leading to PFDs.
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases: Conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis can increase the risk of pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Hysterectomy: Surgical removal of the uterus can weaken the pelvic floor muscles and increase the risk of PFDs.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)

POP occurs when one or more pelvic organs sag and drop into the vaginal canal because of weakened or damaged muscles that support them.

The prolapse may occur in various forms and affect different areas depending on the organ involved.

Forms of prolapse can include:

  • Cystocele (Anterior Vaginal Wall Prolapse): The bladder bulges into the front wall of the vagina.
  • Rectocele (Posterior Vaginal Wall Prolapse): The rectum pushes into the back of the vagina, forming a bulge.
  • Urethrocele: The urethra protrudes into the vaginal canal.
  • Enterocele: This rare form of prolapse occurs when part of the small intestine protrudes into the vaginal wall.
  • Uterine Prolapse: This form of POP occurs when the uterus descends and pushes into the vagina.
  • Vaginal Vault Prolapse: The vaginal vault, or the top portion of the vagina, falls and pushes into the vaginal canal.

When POP occurs, the vaginal walls become loose and stretchy over time.

It can cause pain, discomfort, and a feeling of bulging or pressure in the pelvic area.

Some women may also experience urinary or bowel control problems.

Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)

SUI is a common type of urinary incontinence that occurs when there is pressure on the bladder from physical activities.

Symptoms of SUI can include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Laughing
  • Exercising
  • Bending over
  • Heavy lifting
  • Having sexual intercourse

The sphincter muscles controlling the urine flow may weaken or get damaged from aging, childbirth, or surgery.

Women may experience sudden and uncontrollable leakage of urine during activities that put pressure on the bladder or abdomen.

Understanding Vaginal Mesh Bleeding

Vaginal mesh bleeding refers to the abnormal and excessive discharge of blood from the vagina after vaginal mesh surgery.

Vaginal bleeding is a common postoperative complication that may happen due to various reasons.

Possible causes may include:

  • Surgical Error: In some cases, the surgeon may have accidentally caused trauma or injury to nearby blood vessels during the mesh surgery.
  • Infection: An infection in the surgical site can cause inflammation and damage blood vessels, leading to bleeding.
  • Inflammatory Response: Some women may experience a severe inflammatory response triggered by the presence of synthetic materials within the body, leading to bleeding.
  • Mesh Erosion: In some cases, the vaginal mesh may erode into nearby tissues or organs, causing irritation and bleeding.
  • Mesh Exposure: If the vaginal mesh becomes exposed or protrudes through the vaginal wall, it can cause bleeding and discomfort.
  • Mesh Migration: The vaginal mesh may shift from its original position and damage blood vessels in the surrounding area, causing bleeding.
  • Mesh Failure: In some cases, the vaginal mesh may fail due to poor design or material, leading to complications like bleeding.

Bleeding from vaginal mesh can occur immediately after mesh surgery or may develop weeks or even years later.

It can range from minor spotting to heavy bleeding and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as pain, discomfort, or discharge.

Patients who experience transvaginal mesh bleeding may notice symptoms such as:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding during or after sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding after physical activities, such as heavy lifting
  • Bleeding with no apparent cause
  • Spotting between periods
  • Debilitating pain or discomfort in the pelvic area

Victims must not ignore these signs, as they can indicate more severe complications, such as:

  • Tissue Damage: Persistent vaginal mesh bleeding can cause tissue damage, leading to pain and discomfort.
  • Vaginal Scarring: Repeated bleeding and inflammation can lead to scarring of the vaginal tissues, making sexual intercourse painful or impossible.
  • Recurrence of POP: If POP was the reason for undergoing a vaginal mesh surgery, untreated bleeding can cause prolapse recurrence.
  • Recurrence of SUI: Uncontrolled bleeding can reduce the effectiveness of a vaginal mesh surgery, leading to recurrence of stress urinary incontinence.
  • Other Complications: Uncontrolled bleeding can cause complications such as fistulas, abscesses, or infections in the pelvic area.

Women who experience postoperative vaginal mesh bleeding should seek medical attention from their healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.

In some cases, affected individuals may require further surgical intervention to address the underlying cause of the bleeding, including:

  • Transvaginal Mesh Correction: If the bleeding is due to complications like mesh erosion or exposure, revision surgery may be necessary to remove or reposition the vaginal mesh.
  • Transvaginal Mesh Removal: In severe cases of infection or mesh failure, the vaginal mesh may need to be removed entirely through surgery.
  • Other Surgical Procedures: In some cases, additional surgical procedures may be necessary to address complications caused by persistent vaginal mesh bleeding.
  • Other Treatment Options: Depending on the underlying cause of the bleeding, the healthcare provider may recommend different treatment options, such as antibiotics, pain medication, or physical therapy.

It is essential to address vaginal mesh bleeding promptly to prevent further complications and improve overall quality of life.

Medical Implications of Vaginal Mesh Bleeding for Patients

Vaginal mesh bleeding can have various medical implications for patients, depending on the cause and severity of the bleeding.

Some of the potential repercussions include:

  • Chronic Pain: Persistent bleeding and inflammation can cause chronic pain in the pelvic area, making it difficult for patients to perform daily activities.
  • Infection: If the vaginal mesh surgery or implantation site becomes infected, it can lead to further complications such as tissue damage, scarring, and recurrent infections.
  • Sexual Dysfunction: Vaginal mesh bleeding can cause pain and discomfort, making sexual intercourse difficult or impossible. It can significantly decrease patients’ quality of life and affect their mental well-being.
  • Organ Damage: Severe vaginal mesh bleeding can damage nearby organs, such as the bladder, urethra, or rectum. This issue can cause additional complications and require further surgery to repair the damage.

The consequences of vaginal mesh bleeding and other mesh complications extend beyond the physical aspects and can have a significant impact on the mental and emotional well-being of patients.

Dealing with PFDs can already be an isolating and overwhelming experience for victims, but the added complications of vaginal bleeding can worsen their overall health and quality of life.

Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues may develop in patients who experience severe vaginal mesh bleeding or have to undergo multiple surgeries to address the problem.

Victims must seek emotional and mental support from their loved ones and healthcare providers during this challenging journey.

The financial implications of vaginal mesh bleeding and other related complications can add to the burden for patients.

Medical bills, loss of income due to inability to work, and costs associated with additional surgical procedures can significantly affect a patient’s financial stability.

Victims need to understand their legal rights and options for compensation from the responsible parties for their suffering and losses.

Lawsuits for Vaginal Mesh Complications

As reports of complications associated with vaginal mesh surface, a large number of individuals have turned to legal recourse seeking accountability and compensation for their suffering.

Lawsuits filed against mesh manufacturers allege various forms of wrongdoing, including:

  • Failure To Conduct Thorough Testing: Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of their products through rigorous testing.
    • However, many took advantage of the 501(k) clearance process, bypassing extensive clinical trials.
  • Failure To Warn About Potential Risks: Victims claim that the manufacturers failed to provide adequate warning about the potential complications associated with their vaginal mesh products, including persistent bleeding.
    • Instead, they marketed the products as safe and effective without sufficient evidence to support their claims.
  • Negligence in Design and Marketing: Many lawsuits allege that the design and marketing of vaginal mesh products were inherently flawed, leading to complications such as persistent bleeding.

In 2012, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated over 100,000 lawsuits into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin oversaw the MDL and closed it in November 2022 after resolving thousands of cases.

He returned remanded cases to their respective districts for further proceedings or trials.

The plaintiffs named several high-profile manufacturers in their lawsuits, including:

  • C.R. Bard, Inc.
  • American Medical Systems (AMS)
  • Boston Scientific Corp.
  • Ethicon, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary)
  • Coloplast Corp.
  • Cook Medical Inc.
  • Neomedic

Whether through individual lawsuits or the MDL, these mesh manufacturers have paid millions of dollars to victims who experienced mesh complications, including vaginal mesh bleeding.

Some of the largest settlements and verdicts include:

  • 2013: American Medical Systems (AMS) and a $1.6 billion settlement
  • 2015: C.R. Bard, Inc. and a $200 million settlement
  • 2018: Boston Scientific Corp. and a $189 million settlement
  • 2019: Ethicon, Inc. and an $80.5 million verdict

Even after the closure of the MDL, affected women continue to file lawsuits against manufacturers for mesh complications such as vaginal mesh bleeding.

As the legal process can be lengthy and complex, victims must seek guidance from experienced legal professionals specializing in mesh litigation.

They can help victims understand their legal options and navigate the legal system to seek justice and compensation for their suffering.

TorHoerman Law: Your Trusted Vaginal Mesh Lawyers

At TorHoerman Law, we have a dedicated team of attorneys who represent victims of mesh complications.

Our lawyers have extensive experience and resources to handle complex mesh litigation, including cases involving vaginal mesh bleeding.

We will review your case, gather evidence, and pursue a fair settlement or verdict.

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that these complications can take on victims and their families, and we are committed to fighting for their rights and seeking justice.

You can trust us to provide personalized attention and compassionate support throughout the legal process as we work tirelessly to secure the justice you deserve.

If you or a loved one has experienced complications such as vaginal mesh bleeding following a surgical procedure involving transvaginal mesh implants, we encourage you to take action and not suffer in silence.

Let TorHoerman Law help you seek accountability for your injuries and reclaim your peace of mind.

Contact us for a free, confidential consultation.

You can also use the chatbot on this page to find out if you qualify for the vaginal mesh lawsuit instantly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a vaginal mesh bleeding lawsuit?

    A vaginal mesh bleeding lawsuit typically involves claims against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices used in surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

    These lawsuits assert that the mesh led to serious complications, including bleeding, which might have been caused by erosion or defective design of the mesh.

    Patients seek compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering, and sometimes the cost of additional surgeries like transvaginal mesh removal.

  • What causes vaginal mesh bleeding?

    Vaginal mesh bleeding can occur due to the erosion of the mesh into the vaginal wall or surrounding pelvic organs, often exacerbated by the mesh’s movement or poor integration with the body’s tissues.

    The friction between the synthetic mesh and the delicate tissues of the pelvic floor can lead to tears and bleeding.

    This complication is particularly distressing as it can lead to chronic pain and may require surgical intervention to resolve.

  • What can you do if you experience bleeding after a vaginal mesh surgery?

    If you experience bleeding following a vaginal mesh surgery, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention to assess the severity and cause of the bleeding.

    Consulting with a specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery may be necessary to determine if the bleeding is due to mesh erosion or another complication.

    Documenting your symptoms and medical visits is essential for a potential personal injury claim.

  • How can a vaginal mesh lawyer help with bleeding complications?

    A vaginal mesh lawyer can help individuals experiencing bleeding complications by evaluating their medical history and the details surrounding their mesh surgery to build a strong case against the mesh manufacturer.

    These lawyers specialize in navigating the complex landscape of medical device litigation and can advocate for compensation for medical treatments, pain, and suffering, and loss of quality of life.

    They also stay updated on FDA rulings and existing litigation regarding transvaginal mesh, which can significantly impact the strategy of the lawsuit.

  • What compensation can be claimed in a vaginal mesh bleeding lawsuit?

    In a vaginal mesh bleeding lawsuit, compensation may include medical expenses related to treating the bleeding and other complications, such as additional surgeries for mesh removal or repair.

    Victims can also seek damages for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and potentially lost wages if the complications have impacted their ability to work.

    In cases where the manufacturer knew of the risks but did not adequately warn, punitive damages may also be pursued to penalize the company and prevent future negligence.

Written By:
Tor Hoerman

Tor Hoerman

Owner & Attorney - TorHoerman Law

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